Thursday, August 16, 2012

Ron Cey Signing at Westfield Topanga Mall on Saturday


This Saturday, August 18th from 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM, meet Dodgers Legendary third baseman Ron Cey at Mike Thompson's RV Road Show located at The Westfield Topanga Mall.  See more information at this link.

You can also enter to win a 2012 Rivershock MX Toy Hauler Trailer and check out hundreds of discounted RV's.
Westfield Topanga Mall 
6600 Topanga Canyon Boulevard
Canoga Park, CA 91303.

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Dodgers Blog Kiosk: 8/16/2012

Check out Yasiel Puig signing autographs for the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes, pic via twitter @Grandmasboy31.
  • How does 1st place look to you?
Upon hearing of Cabrera's suspension, the Dodgers manager admitted he was "a little bummed out."

"I know Melky's a good kid," Mattingly said. "Honestly, I like him a lot."
The skipper expands further on what this means to the Dodgers.
"We can't look at anybody to help us, we can't look at the schedule, anything like that. I mean, yeah, it's just silly stuff."
  • Listen to Ned Colletti speak about the recent rebuild of the Dodgers on Sportsradio 93-7 The Fan radio in Pittsburgh, via CBS Pittsburgh.
  • The "Player to be Named Later" part of the Joe Blanton trade has been consummated, via Bill Shaikin on twitter.
  • Night Owl Cards sounds off on the whole Melky Cabrera mess and the cynicism that spawns from it.  It's a great read and well worth your time.
  • Following up on King Felix Hernandez's perfect game yesterday, Beyond the Boxscore charts out the best and worst lineups to ever have a perfect game thrown against them.
  • BTW, Olympic hero Hope Solo is having a book signing at Barnes & Noble, the Grove at Farmers Market this coming Monday, August 20th at 7:00 PM.  Go here for details.
  • Via Athlon Sports, The 50 Best Baseball Nicknames of All-Time.


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eBay: Bring the Dodgers to LA- a KFI Public Service Announcement


This is one of the more unusual items I've seen on eBay.  Featured here is a KFI News script that encourages Angelenos to contact their city council members so as to push them to bring the Brooklyn Dodgers to Los Angeles.

According to the seller, it was drafted by a Mr. Earle C. Anthony, a noted Packard motor cars dealer who helped create the car culture in the Southland.  The seller states that Anthony was a west coast distributor of Packard Motor Cars, invented the first gasoline service station, built the first car in LA, brought the first neon sign to America, and started FKI radio.  Oh... I forgot to add that he was also one of the biggest proponents of bringing the Dodgers out west. 

As such, he had the script that is featured here written and read over the air to KFI listeners.  I'll let the sellers auction description tell you more about it:
After announcing that this was a KFI public service to the people of Southern California, the script went on to enumerate the financial and prestige values of having a big league baseball team in Los Angeles (there was none at the time). The script urges listeners to get their pens and papers ready because the radio station was going to announce the names  and private phone numbers (yes–that's right!) of  four Los Angeles city councilmen (Holland, McGee, Baker, and Royball). The announcement of numbers was repeated twice and then listeners were told if they missed it to call the KFI switchboard where they could also get these numbers. Yes, this actually happened... and the L.A. City Council members' private phones rang off the hook for days. It was one of the key factors that actually brought the Dodgers baseball team from Brooklyn, New York to Los Angeles. 

You may not know this,  but a member of the O'Malley family that owned the Brooklyn Dodgers also became a member of the board of directors of Earle C. Anthony, Inc. after the move to Los Angeles! (It was Walter O'Malley)
The script is thought to be from 1957.  Go here to see the auction.  It had a really high opening bid, so it did not sell.  Unfortunately, the seller doesn't provide the entire script for our edification.

(eBay Auction Link)

BTW, here is a photo of Earle C. Anthony from antiqueradios.org.

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Legendary Auctions: Dodgers Vintage Memorabilia Part 2

Following up on my post from a couple of days, here is Part 2 of some Dodgers vintage memorabilia items available at Legendary Auctions.

The Bell Brand Dodgers cards are one of my favorite regional sets.  They produced cards from 1958 to 1962, and would insert them within packages of their potato chips.  Fortunately, they wrapped the cards in cellophane to protect them from damage.  As you can see in this auction below, here are three unopened cellophane packs with 1961 Bell Brand Dodgers cards inside.  Here is a Duke Snider, Wally Moon and Norm Larker cards.
(Auction Link)

In another auction are unopened packs from 1962 Bell Brand Dodgers cards of Don Drysdale and Sandy Koufax.  This time the cellophane wrapping wasn't enough to protect the Drysdale card below.  Some of chip oil leaked through and gave it a kind of brown patina. 

I've got a bunch of these cards in my collection, but have yet to complete a set from any year.  I also want to add that I actually like the brown staining on the cards.  I have several cards with this kind of patina.
(Auction Link)

You just can't beat a lot of vintage press photos of the Dodgers.  Featured here is a 37 photo lot that includes Carl Furillo, Pete Reiser, Branch Rickey, Eddie Stanky, Leo Durocher, Pee Wee Reese, Gil Hodges, Roy Campanella, and Jackie Robinson. Among non-Dodger notables are Red Schoendienst, Phil Rizzuto, and Jocko Conlan. 
(Auction Link)

I have no idea who these fellow are.  Can you name any?
(Auction Link)


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